|Genres:||Pop / Rock|
A highly eclectic and original project, Alabama 3 (A3 in the USA) is the genre-bending creation of a motley crew of underground club veterans based in Brixton, London. They were formed around singer-songwriter Larry Love (Robert Spragg), a native of South Wales, and the line-up also includes Jake Black, Piers Marsh, Simon Edwards, Orlando Harrison, Mark Sams and Jonny Delafons. Spragg began working as a DJ in the late 80s, and recorded Mahalia, a gospel techno record released under the Shed moniker, in the early 90s. He began working on the Brixton scene with Piers Marsh, whose experimental sampling of blues music helped formulate the newly named Alabama 3s sound. The loose collective played several sets in Northern Italy and Brixton, and soon began to attract a loyal following. The One Little Indian Records subsidiary Elemental signed the group for the UK and European markets in January 1996, while Geffen Records snapped up the US rights in September....